Happy Tuesday Bookworms!
I can’t help but notice random things, and I’ve noticed that I’ve met very few people in real life who are named Alice even though I seem to run into them in literature ALL THE TIME. When I saw that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, as always) was “Top Ten Characters Who…” I had to do it. Today I’m listing characters who are named Alice. Curiouser and curiouser, my friends.
1. Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll- Ah yes, the original Alice. Her adventures are the stuff of legend. She is and will remain my homegirl.
2. Alice Liddell Hargreaves from Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin- The fictionalized story behind the “real” Alice, or Lewis Carroll’s supposed muse. This book is kind of disturbing… If you want your view of Alice in Wonderland to remain untainted, maybe skip this one. It makes some suggestions about some of the more disconcerting aspects of Lewis Carroll’s unusual relationship with Alice. (It’s a well researched book, but certainly takes some license in the conclusions it draws.)
3. Alice Cullen from the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer- Okay, I KNOW. But my inner 13 year old loved these books (when my outer grown up shut up long enough) and Alice was by far my favorite character. I mean, she’s psychic, but psychic in a way that allows you to change things before disaster strikes. Sweet, right?
4. Alice Love from What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (review)- I kind of thought that part of the reason Moriarty chose the name Alice for her protagonist was because said protagonist had amnesia and was in something approaching her own confusing version of Wonderland. Good book, though. I’m rather fond of the name Alice under any circumstance.
6. Alice Howland from Still Alice by Lisa Genova (review)- My heart broke into thousands of tiny pieces reading Still Alice but it was so brilliant. Of course, part of me felt that the Alice’s name was chosen yet again in homage to my homegirl the original Alice, but I digress. Again.
7. Alice Foxman from This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (review)- desperate to conceive a baby, this Alice goes a wee bit off the deep end… I shall not spoiler you, but I’ve heard the movie isn’t faithful to the book during a crucial scene.
8. Alice from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (review)- What gang of high school misfits would be complete without an Alice? So what if she is from a wealthy family and still insists on shoplifting? I mean, Winona Ryder, you know?
I couldn’t come up with any more fictional Alices, but Alice Walker, Alice Hoffman, and Alice Sebold are all awesome authors. Are you tired of me saying “Alice” yet? Alice, Alice, Alice!!! Alright, Bookworms. I’m SURE I’ve forgotten a good many fictional Alices. Name some of your favorites!
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